9+ Development Theories (Definitions + Examples)

Have you ever wondered why babies love peek-a-boo or why teenagers often feel like they’re stuck between being kids and adults? That’s because all of us go through different stages as we grow up. Development theories are like maps that help us understand the stages of growth. They tell us about the changes we can … Read more

Attachment Styles Theory (Free Test)

How attached are you to your romantic partner? Do you think these attachment styles have anything to do with how you were raised? That may seem like a weird question, but psychologists have found a strong connection between our relationship with our parents and how we approach romantic relationships as an adult. Adults display one … Read more

Electra Complex (Definition + How To Resolve)

If you have studied the work of Sigmund Freud, you are probably familiar with an idea known as the “Oedipal Complex.” But do you know about the Electra Complex? The Oedipal Complex is very famous, but makes many uncomfortable. It suggests that around the age of 3-6, young boys start to want to replace their … Read more

Oedipal Complex (Definition + How To Resolve)

Hey guys. How much do you love your mother? Really though – how much?  If I’ve made you a little uncomfortable with that question, get ready for a cringey ride. I’m going to explain one of the most well-known, and most uncomfortable, theories in psychology. This theory greatly attributed to the success and fame of … Read more

Freud's Psychosexual Stages of Development (Definition and Examples)

In the world of psychology, there is no one more famous – and more controversial – than Sigmund Freud. We see his influence in psychology and even popular culture today, over 100 years after his first books were published. Talk therapy, “Freudian slips,” and dream interpretation would not exist as they do today if it … Read more

Havighurst’s Developmental Task Theory

What are the most important tasks in your life right now? I’m not talking about little things like brushing your teeth or paying a bill. I’m talking about the biggest goals in your overall development. According to the Havighurst’s Developmental Task Theory, your age plays a big role in this answer. Who Was Robert J. … Read more

Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development (6 Stages + Examples)

Have you ever wondered why little kids think sharing toys is a rule because “it’s nice,” while older students might believe it’s right because “it’s fair”? As we grow up, how we think about right and wrong changes greatly. This isn’t just random; there’s a pattern to it. A smart guy named Lawrence Kohlberg devised … Read more

Developmental Psychology

If you’re here, you’re probably interested in researching developmental psychology. Have no fear because, on this page, you’ll find a huge resource for everything there is to learn on the subject! How did you become the person you are today? What roles did your parents play in this development? Could they have done anything to … Read more

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow is most known for his Hierarchy of Needs. This is a diagram shaped like a pyramid, with “basic needs” at the bottom and “self-actualization” needs at the top. Maslow believed that when the needs at the bottom of the pyramid have not been yet, our motivation goes toward these basic needs. Once those needs … Read more